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[pik-ee] /ˈpɪk i/
adjective, pickier, pickiest.
extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.
Origin of picky
1865-70; pick1 + -y1
Related forms
pickiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Of course, fwoonk and pwink and tweelt and kroosh sounded alike to them, but let's don't be too picky about things.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • "My dear picky, it had to come," said Booverman, with a shrug of his shoulders.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • This is the end of all things, picky, the saddest spot on earth.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for picky


adjective pickier, pickiest
(informal) fussy; finicky; choosy
Derived Forms
pickily, adverb
pickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for picky

1867, from pick (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pickiness. The earliest recorded uses are in reference to eating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for picky



Very niggling; chicken-shit, persnickety: For growing a beard. A lot of little picky things like that (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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